Photonics minilab example experiments

There are far too many experiments to go into detail here. If you want to view the comprehensive notes that come with the minilab please look at the 'photonics minilab notes' page. Here are a few sample experiments from each section:

Unit 1

This unit is primary focussed on simple optical experiments to investigate the wave-like properties of light and how light interacts with matter. With this versatile learning environment we can seamlessly progress from simple ray optics:

To spectroscopy experiments:

You can build your own microscopes and telescopes with the lenses included and learn about real and virtual images.

Students will also learn about polarisation and chromatic abberation and much more before moving to the next section.

Unit 3

In this unit students will learn about the integration of photonic and electronic devices, and their multitude of uses.

Starting with simpe circuits:

Students progress to using transistors, LDR's, build amplifiers and learn about digital signals as well as building their own optical fibre links:

Unit 4

This unit introduces students to the photon model of light, its interaction with matter and the quantised energy levels of atoms. We look at the interference patters of light passing through various apertures including a single slit, double slit and various slides with gratings and lines.

We look at interference using a laser beam, look at diffraction gratings and emission and absorption spectra.

Students build their own spectrometer with the equipment provided and analyse the emission spectrum of different gases.


These experiments represent a small sample of those included in the notes, and the notes themselves, although extensive are not exhaustive of the experiments possible with this minilab package. Each experiment is designed to be accessable to all students and provide step by step guidelines so that the emphasis is on learning. A lot of work has been put into the development of these minilabs to make them easy to use and understand and we hope that the students will enjoy the benefits of well designed and targetted experiments.


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